Official Technical Course

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Scoccia Marcello
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Scoccia Marcello


Since 1986 he has been responsible for blending and sensory analysis at leading global companies in the olive oil sector.

Professional taster, Technical Deputy President and Panel Leader of the ONAOO Panel.

Lecturer in professional technical courses and university masters on sensory analysis.

Speaker at international conferences on olive oil and sensory analysis. Author of publications, articles and books on oil and tasting. Expert in international olive oil markets.







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O’brien Patrick

Patrick J. O’Brien is Director of Marketing for FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, an importer and retailer shop founded by his wife Nancy in Bar Harbor Maine in 2009.

FIORE has expanded over the past 13 years with two more retail locations in Maine, three tasting bars and over 40 authorized resellers across the US. An evolution in sourcing began 8 years ago resulting in the acquisition of all FIORE seasonal EVOO from small producers with whom Patrick and Nancy have become friends.

Patrick was gifted the course of study at ONAOO by Nancy and over the past nearly three years has attended classes in Imperia, online and achieved the certification as ONAOO’s Professional Taster entirely in his second language, Italian, which is an additional source of pride in this accomplishment.

Being a Professional Olive Oil Taster brings much pride to the FIORE brand and an unprecedented understanding of olive oil to its customers.

Patrick leads the company in sourcing and promoting a wide range of extra virgin olive oils through tasting presentations and in-store tasting experiences available to all customers.

Ogino Yuko

Japanese-born, I’ve been living in several countries including 16 years in Italy to undertake my studies.

I grew professionally as Export Manager for the Mitsubishi Italia S.p.A., in the food sector, developing a great passion for good food especially for olive oil that became my main occupation.

Back in Japan, now I work as Procurement Manager for an important company specialized in cheese imports.

In 2016 I’ve started my path in ONAOO ended in 2022 by obtaining the qualification of Professional Taster.

I hope to keep working on my passion.

Merano Alessandro

Born in Imperia in 1994 and resident in Chiusavecchia (IM), a small village where the family business is located.

He pursues the Diploma at Business Linguistic High School in 2014. He is firmly determined to carry on the family tradition in the field of olive oil production, focusing on the control of the different production phases (cultivation, harvesting, crushing and selection of olives for the very start to the various packaging processes).

Since 2016 he has been included in the “Elenco Nazionale Tecnici ed Esperti degli oli di olive vergini ed extravergini” with DD 606/16 of Liguria Region.

In 2017 he participates in the International Course of Olive Oil Cultivation, Olive Oil Extraction and Sensory Analysis of olive oils organized by Accademia Nazionale Dell’olivo e Dell’Olio and by ONAOO. In 2018 he finished the three-year course and obtained the Qualification of ONAOO Professional Taster.

Comenale Pinto Angela

Angela is graduated in Psychological Sciences and Techniques. She is an agronomist, landscape gardener and professor of Agricultural Sciences. Angela follows the production of the historic family olive oil grow in Castellabate (Cilento, Salerno), using sustainable agronomic practices and she believes that “Agricultural can and must integrate with natural resources of a territory, with the aim not only to safeguard the environment, but also to pursue the best quality characteristics of product contributing to generate the well-being place, the foundation of everyone’s health”.

Since 2016 she has been a Member of ONAOO and she started her educational path. In 2020 she concludes her studies by obtaining the Qualification of Professional Taster of ONAOO.

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Registration in the register is an authentic value, not only added, but fundamental, for the definition of an effective and convincing business profile

This membership opens the door to all the possibilities that the world of oil offers to the tasting professional.

Official Technical Course

The first step into the world of Tasting

Training as professional olive oil tasters is not only a personal pleasure: the universe that revolves around olive oil and its supply chain also offers a wide range of job, growth and specialization opportunities.

The course is open to everyone, even to those without any experience in the oil sector.

Participants who pass the four selective tests receive a Certificate of Physiological Suitability for Tasting.


Advanced Course

an in-depth knowledge of sensory analysis

The advanced course allows you to consolidate and deepen your knowledge of oil tasting and obtain the qualification of ONAOO Professional Taster, but above all, to be included in the "International Register of Professional Tasters".

The ONAOO advanced course, aimed at inclusion in the International Register of Professional Tasters

Qualified national and international organizations and companies in the sector draw from the Register to find experts in the sector to include in their entrepreneurial realities


Online Courses


To learn how to taste an olive oil directly from your home.

An individual lesson with a tasting professional

A real experience to take the first steps in the world of the oil supply chain and oil tasters.


Certified Tasting Days


Participants are invited to recognize strengths, weaknesses, qualities and organoleptic characteristics of the various oils

Attestation issued by a Panel Head

A practical test in which everything learned during the technical course is applied in practice.

Official Technical Course

Corso Tecnico Ufficiale

Il primo passo nel mondo dell'Assaggio

Un vero esperto dell”oro liquido” si distingue da un semplice amatore in virtù della sua formazione.

Corso Avanzato

un approfondimento del sapere sull’analisi sensoriale

Consente di consolidare e approfondire le conoscenze sull’assaggio degli oli e l'inserimento nel “Registro Internazionale Assaggiatori Professionisti”.

Corsi Online


Per imparare ad assaggiare un olio di oliva direttamente da casa tua.

Sedute di Assaggio Certificate

Attestazione rilasciata da un Capo Panel

Sedute di assaggio certificate, tenute nei modi e nei tempi previsti dalla normativa vigente.